Author Archives: The Editor

THE INFORMER – November-December 2018

THE INFORMER – November-December 2018

The absence of a specialist cancer treatment centre in the country equipped with proper tools, equipment and manpower to treat cancer patients is a major concern for the Health Department.

And senior health officials are now holding regional cancer outreach meetings with doctors and health administrators from each region in a bid to gather as much information as possible to put together a national cancer program to address this issue. Continue Reading

Mothers and babies die due to not having Supervised Deliveries

Mothers and babies die due to not having Supervised Deliveries

Mothers and babies in the country die each year because pregnant mothers do not visit health facilities to receive professional care and have supervised deliveries. A graduation of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Mt Hagen last week was told that of all the babies born in the country only 60% had supervised deliveries and that it is far more likely (around 50%) of non-supervised deliveries to result in infant death. Continue Reading

Mt Hagen doctors do well in exams

Mt Hagen doctors do well in exams

Doctors from Mt Hagen Hospital pursuing their Masters programs have done well in part 1 of their MMed (Masters in Medicine) examination in the last three years. Out of 40 – 50 registrars who sit for the common core exam each year, Mt Hagen Hospital doctors have been among the highest scorers since 2016, ranking first and third in 2016, first and fourth in 2017 and second this year. Continue Reading

Highlands Regional Cancer Outreach meeting in Mt Hagen

Highlands Regional Cancer Outreach meeting in Mt Hagen

The absence of a specialist cancer treatment centre in the country equipped with proper tools, equipment and manpower to treat cancer patients is a major concern for the Health Department. And senior health officials are now holding regional cancer outreach meetings with doctors and health administrators from each region in a bid to gather as much information as possible to put together a national cancer program to address this issue. Continue Reading

THE INFORMER – September-October 2018

THE INFORMER – September-October 2018

Mt Hagen Hospital now has one of the best Emergency Departments in the country to serve its patients.

The newly-refurbished facility is fully equipped and adequately staffed with two specialist physicians, five medical officers, six health extension officers (HEOs), 26 nurses and five hygiene staff to provide the best service for its patients. Continue Reading

WHPHA Security Guards Receive New Uniforms

WHPHA Security Guards Receive New Uniforms

All security guards employed by the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) have been issued with new uniforms. The dark blue uniforms comprising a pair of trousers, shirt, boot, jacket, cap and belt were issued to the 35 guards recently after going through an intensive 10 days training in all aspects of security work. Continue Reading

UNICEF Funds Training of Village Birth Attendants

UNICEF Funds Training of Village Birth Attendants

Women from the Tambul/Nebilyer District of Western Highlands are now equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to help pregnant mothers deliver safely in their respective areas. This follows their attendance of a month-long training course for village birth attendants at the Mt Hagen Hospital campus of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority recently. Continue Reading

THE INFORMER – July-August 2018

THE INFORMER – July-August 2018

Mt Hagen Hospital now has one of the best Emergency Departments in the country to serve its patients.

The newly-refurbished facility is fully equipped and adequately staffed with two specialist physicians, five medical officers, six health extension officers (HEOs), 26 nurses and five hygiene staff to provide the best service for its patients. Continue Reading

THE INFORMER – May-June 2018

THE INFORMER – May-June 2018

Expectant mothers admitted to the Labour Ward of Mt Hagen Hospital will now be using new and more comfortable beds to deliver.

The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) has purchased eight new electronically-operated delivery beds for the labour ward, aimed at helping expectant mothers to make themselves comfortable while preparing to deliver. Continue Reading